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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Some are truly made of GREAT

Tata Motors #Madeofgreat Campaign

We meet so many individuals during the journey called life. Every one of us is unique. Our experiences with them constitute the learning that makes us into whatever we become over a period of time. The best people to be with are the ones who inspire us. These are the people who know how to live and love with an open heart. Their thoughts, ideas, feelings make us trust them and with time, they make us understand the meaning of greatness.

Greatness is not related to money or fame or heroism. It is a habit. It makes one face the troubling situations. Greatness is the test of substance of the character. Greatness is simplicity, love and true beauty of the inner self.

Greatness is a rarity. Many of us are good at something or the other. Some of us are better than many of us. But Only some are truly made of great. This post is a tribute to those great inspirational individuals.

I also encountered a few people who have truly been great and inspirational. These are the ones who are undeniably #madeofgreat. If I have to choose one person who has impacted my life the most by her greatness, It is my mother. She is not a women of academic or monetary excellence, but her value system and adherence to principles is what makes her my numero uno choice.

She has been consistent in her thoughts as well as in action. She has bonded our maternal and paternal families extremely well. She understands the difference between what lies right in front and what is right.

She is authentic, genuine, reliable and trustworthy. She is exactly the same person all the while, which is extremely rare. She connects with others with amazing enthusiasm which is difficult at times when a relationship is strained. She is humble and is always guided by truth and reason. She is a good listener and her optimism guides me at times when I face a failure or a failure seems most likely.

Being a mother, she is extremely caring and has always been so.  She is unbiased in her judgements. She has always guided me to follow what is right. I have my own short comings an limitations and there have been situations where an easy but wrong way had seemed to me a more lucrative choice, at those crucial junctures she has always held my hand and pushed me to go for the difficult but right path. 

But there is one quality which I admire the most in her. She is an epitome of forgiveness. She always tends to forgive. Over the time and with experiences in life, I have learnt that forgiveness is one of the most difficult habits to master. I hope that some day I will be that compassionate and I will be as forgiving. May be that day I will feel that I have achieved something on the path towards greatness.

I have scribbled my feelings about greatness. Now it's time for YOU to comment. Please let me know your thoughts about the topic. What do you think of Tata Motors' association with Lionel Messi? Tell me in comments below and if I like your answer, you will win an Amazon voucher worth Rs. 750. Hurry. Results will be announced on 26th November.

Made of Great is a brand association campaign of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Asus Zen Festival - Splendid Fone Launch Event

I know it's called phone, not fone. But with Asus Zen series, Zenfone sounds more phonomenal indeed!

ASUS India organized its past phone launch event in Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon which was a great fan fair. After success of that event, this time they planned something bigger. They tried to make it grand this time with organizing one of the biggest blogger meets in Delhi during a phone launch event. They also named the event Zen Festival suggesting that it will be a carnival of fun, food and technology. 

Venue of the event Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was another reason to reserve a super pass. 6th August, 2015 was well awaited. As the day came, our twitter walls were filled up with tweets from bloggers all over India. It seemed as if every blogger was coming to attend #ZenFestival. The superpowers of Zenfone were well awaited and everyone was desperate to witness the launch event. 

Finally, I reached JLN stadium at 1 pm to witness the superpowers as per the schedule. But Superpowers seemed not in a hurry and we had to wait for the powers to unleash. Asus launched its 5 products. The launch event was kept in consonance with its global launch event.

5 Zen products which were launched:
  • Zenfone2 Deluxe featured a new polygonal design back panel with a 2.3 GHz 64 bit Intel Atom processor.
  • Zenfone2 Laser came with laser auto focus and dual LED flash among other specifications.
  • Zenfone Selfie is a phone for selfie lovers with dual LED flash for the front camera as well.
  • Zenfone Max is a battery saving gem with 5000 mAh Battery.
  • Zenpad is the first tablet to be launched with an interchangeable cover design.

Sonakshi Sinha was the guest of the event who launched all the phones and must have fallen in love with the selfie. The event was also made entertaining by unveiling the mascot Zenny. Zenny is a sweet mascot with a lightning bolt on his belly. Zenny stole the show then onwards with its awesomeness!

Overall, This event was great fun. Superpowers are finally in the open with a cute mascot Zenny representing them. How well the Fones are received in the Indian markets is yet to be seen. More power to Zen!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Airtel One Tweet Internet #GetAirtel4G

Airtel is a leading global telecommunications services company. It has operations spanning 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Notably, Airtel is the largest telecom service provider in India. Airtel has built up its brand value by providing assured connectivity and faster internet access over the time. It has hit the right spots in the telecom business which has helped it ensure that it stays at the top.With a whopping subscriber base of 225 million plus in India, Airtel's success proves that if you are good, you will march ahead and lead the way.

Airtel has been path-breaking in its approach. It reaches out to the consumer by timely provisioning of services and being the first in delivering quality services at cheaper prices. Bharti Airtel was one of the first telecom service providers which brought down the STD/ISD cellular rates under the brand name 'Indiaone'. The initiative was well appreciated. Notably, Airtel was also the first operator in India to provide a Caller Ring Back Tone service (CRBT), i.e. ''Hello Tunes''. Airtel theme song, which was composed by A R Rahman, became one of the most sought after and popular tunes of the year.

It has been a success with the rollout of 3G to internet consumers with a 'need for speed'. But the need for speed is something which always strives for more. One can do a lot more in lesser time with higher speed and better connectivity. But as we all know, with great power comes an even greater price tag. Not so with Airtel. Airtel ensures that you get 'more for less'. 

Now with coming up of 4G LTE, Airtel is once again the first telecom service provider with a nationwide launch of 4G services. Airtel has 4G services up and running in 48 cities and with the nationwide launch, It has launched it in 296 towns. If you want to experience the data speeds up to a maximum of 150 Mbps, Its time to opt for an Airtel 4G Connection. Getting an Airtel 4G SIM is as simple as composing a tweet. 

If you are an Airtel user and 4G services have been rolled out in your city, Getting Airtel 4G is just a tweet away. All you need to do is first check if you have got a 4G phone. If the answer is Yes, Simply tweet using #GetAirtel4G for a free SIM home delivery. You will be provided with a link by @AirtelIndia where you will need to fill up your details for a free SIM delivery.

If you are an Airtel user but do not have a 4G phone, do I need to say more. Go and grab one to experience the speed up to 150 Mbps.

And for the rest of us, what are you really waiting for? It's time to #GetAirtel4G

For more, please refer to Airtel page dedicated to 4G 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

#ComeCloser to Skin Care

Beautiful glowing, radiant skin is something that everyone desires. Some studies also reveal that our genetic material is wired in such a manner that we are more likely to get attracted to people with radiant skin because it is a sign of good health. Thus, it seems rational to care for the skin and to work towards a clear, soft and radiant skin. 

All good things come to those who wait. But wait without work serves no good. One does not necessarily need to spend huge sums of money on skin care, rather a few simple habits and natural skin care tips can help you take care of your skin on everyday basis. 

It is equally important to understand why our skin loses radiance and becomes rough and dry with age or during some seasons. Skin becomes drier when it loses too much water or oil. Cold or dry air and/or winter weather can worsen dry skin. As one ages, skin pores naturally produce less oil. Even excessive bathing can cause the skin to become dry.

A few golden rules to take care of skin are extremely important and if practiced as habits, skin will be taken care of.

  • Moisturizing is essential. The need to moisturize your skin when it becomes dry is a no-brainer. But it’s important to moisturize effectively. Moisturizing should be frequent and consistent. Moisturize every night before you go to sleep. Moisturizing when the skin is still slightly wet ensures some more hydration. Allow the skin to dry naturally so it can absorb all the moisture.
  •  Exercise. Exercise keeps you in good health. It keeps muscles and joints healthy and toned and helps sweat out toxins. It also improves blood circulation and thus a healthier skin. Choose the type of exercise that makes you feel good. You should enjoy it and have fun.
  • Meditation and Effective Breathing. Emotional and mental stress sucks out all the vital juices from the skin and makes it dehydrated. You should consider meditation and breathing as these could prove to be very effective stress busters. Deep breathe for 5-10 minutes to calm yourself down or to feel better.
  • Eat Healthy. Add easier to digest high water content vegetables like carrot, cucumber to your diet. These have purifying properties. These vegetables are beneficial for all skin types. Foods with natural healthy fat content are also important to improve the condition of your skin. Nuts and seeds can serve as important portion of your food these being rich in omega-3, healthy fat and fibre. Also limit your intake of salty and fried foods.
  • Stay Hydrated. If you can keep coldness and dryness away, your skin will stay younger for longer duration. Drink lots of water, it also helps flush toxins from your system. You should try to stay hydrated throughout the day and give preference to warm liquids such as Tea. If you take some spicy tea with fresh ginger and lemon, it can take care of your digestion and you will feel refreshed. It will prove healthy for your skin.
To sum it all, Staying hydrated from the inside is important, but you must not take care of your skin from outside. Cleansing and moisturizing are most vital to keep your skin healthy and young. Practice these as a habit and experience the glowing skin. 

For more, Do visit VICCO Turmeric Cream page and #ComeCloser to Skin Care.

Friday, May 15, 2015

My Airtel App Simplifies Life

I have been using an Airtel prepaid connection since last 6 years and it provides best in class network connectivity in India. But the deal does not end right there, it also provides nice plans at cheaper rates for its regular customers. Luckily, I am also one of them.

Airtel also reminds me of some of the beautiful ads it has produced and its new logo in red is simply remarkable.

Recently Airtel has launched My Airtel App for its android users and the same will be released for IOS very soon. My Airtel App is a simplified means to access all Airtel Services ranging from mobile services to DTH at one place which adds convenience. It offers services like checking bills, preparing payments, activating services, raising complaints, and more specifically ordering movies for Airtel DTH customers.

I am using Airtel prepaid connection as well as an Airtel DTH connection. So considering its usability, I downloaded the application as soon as I got to know about it. I was eager to see the new features.

The application is very small in size (~5 MB) like many other recharge applications. It just intends that it will require lesser space on a smartphone and one would not have to bother about space constraints which generally occurs when one has to install a bulky application.

Once I registered my Airtel prepaid account with the app, it started displaying all the accounts related information for my Airtel prepaid number as well as DTH connection.

I had read about the “shake” feature of My Airtel App in news articles. I tried using it and it gives some exciting exclusive offers while you shake the phone. The shake feature is interesting and it gives comfort in accessing offers but to select an offer out of the given selections, one yet has to select it with the help of touch. If this could likewise have been included in the shake feature, it would have made the feature more praiseworthy.

“I Want to” is another feature that caught my attention. This is a distinctive idea which helps you save your most frequent tasks on home screen of your smartphone as short cuts. This feature simplifies the use of the app and gives the application a personal touch with ample freedom to the user to decide the important tasks accordingly and enlist them. It makes accessing everything as easy as it could possibly be.

The other key feature that I loved is about surprises. Airtel promises to give ‘Airtel Surprise’ Coupons with every recharge that one does on the app. This is just amazing. For somebody like me, who enjoys shopping online it provides a hell lot of options across categories like shopping, food, health and entertainment. They have partnered with many popular brands like PVR Cinemas, Café Coffee Day, Flipkart, Amazon, Ebay, Myntra, Archies and VLCC among others.

To sum it up, I simply loved the My Airtel app for its interactive and user-friendly experience. Download My Airtel App for yourself and experience the simplicity.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Digital Bharat Abhiyaan

India is going through a phase of transition. The New India, the India that is technologically up and vibrant is replacing the old India. Naturally like every other change, this one will take some time to transform India holistically but changes have started taking place almost everywhere from the most advanced metro cities to the countryside villages.

India is aspiring to be a Knowledge Economy and Digital India Project is the vehicle of Government of India to drive that change. The programme aims to ensure easy accessibility to government services and technology infrastructure for all. At present, Information Technology (IT) gives employment to more than 30 lakh people and by the end of Digital India Project, it will generate employment for another 45-50 million people which is gigantic.

Digital India is a programme to prepare India for a future that will transform the existing infrastructure. Technology is the central enabler of this upcoming change. A detailed description of Digital India Programme can be read at DEITy website.

This article is an entry to #DigitalIndia contest by INTEL.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hello Happiness!

Happiness lies in the sweet little things that we do in our lives. We can always observe a few people with highly negative attitudes brooding about every situation, however, good or bad, and making a sad face out of it. And we equally find a few others who love to take risks, challenges and even in the most difficult situations, keep calm and stay happy. Isn’t it quite possible that they are following a formula for happiness that astonishingly always works for them?

To be fair, most of us don’t even do much to lead happy lives and just wish for something magical to happen which never does. The problem really is that we are seldom able to find that something, we have done recently, which could provide us satisfaction and happiness in life. Happiness really lies in the smallest things that we do in our lives. It is all about appreciating the moment as and when something good happens.

To enjoy something and feel happy about it, we need our attention and focus towards it. What we focus upon changes how we feel about it. If we concentrate more on the bad aspects, we are more likely to feel bad about a certain situation. What if we concentrate on the good and positive aspects? Naturally, we will feel better, lighter and happier.

Like everything else, Happiness begins at home. The little things that we do within the walls of our home can really change our mood or shape our outlook towards the life. Experiences and their memories make us happier that material things, so why not try to make our homes full of positive and blissful memories as much as possible.

Reflecting upon a good event is another important act. By pausing to reflect towards a good event, we feel gratitude and happiness follows. But life is not a bed of roses. Not all that we experience is going to be good either. There will be bad experiences and bad memories. At times, it is way too difficult to forget them. It is better that we accept and get into those memories and then show them their right place.

We can’t afford to keep the bad memories in the mind for long durations, that will only increase the negativity and by the time we will come over it, there will be many more things to feel bad and guilty about. Be consciously aware that there are people around you, who are concerned about you and want to see you happy. Should you not be one of them? Make sure to give back and spread the love that you find. Happiness is all about giving back and making the world a beautiful place to live and cherish.

Do make occasions to laugh. Share the good experiences. Even a smile can make you feel better. Spend some quality time with the people you like and love. This will help you in maintaining supportive relationships which will guide and help you in the times of stress. One is more likely to feel lonely and depressed if she/he doesn’t spend much time with family and friends.  

Also, take some time away from the busy schedule of the day for yourself. Think about your life, meditate to find some peace in the silence. This will refresh you and revitalize your inner self.

Do what you love doing and try to avoid making big mistakes. Mistakes will happen but learn to keep moving forward with them. Don’t brood too much over a mistake. Do give others a chance to rectify their mistakes. Everyone is fighting a hard battle. Do consider it. Learn to forgive yourself and others. It will make life easier.

Last but certainly not the least, Take your time and make a deliberate effort to appreciate the good and the positive about people, things, and situations. Sooner you will realize more happiness. It’s just a thought away. Give it a try and Happiness is truly yours to savour and relish!